Iowa fans are stoked to be headed to the 2016 Rose Bowl Game – even if they were oh-so close to making the second annual College Football Playoff. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Hawkeyes last made the trip to Pasadena at the end of the 1990 season, losing to Washington, 46-34, in the 1991 Rose Bowl Game. Twenty-five years later, Iowa is back in the Granddaddy of them All.
The future is bright for Nebraska freshman Stanley Morgan Jr. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | DIENHART REAX | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] The wide receiver out of New Orleans is an obvious talent, and he showed just what he’s capable of in Nebraska’s 37-29 comeback win over UCLA on Saturday night in the Foster Farms Bowl. Tied 21-21 early in the third quarter, Morgan hauled in a beautiful one-handed touchdown grab to put the Huskers ahead, proving to be the game-winning score. Morgan, who added a nine-yard reception, finished his first season with 25 catches for 304
Nebraska was one of three teams in the postseason with a 5-7 record. UCLA also arrived in the Foster Farm’s Bowl slumping, losing two of its last three after looking like a contender in the Pac-12 South. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | AP RECAP | BOX SCORE | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] But it was the Huskers who got to end 2015 on an up note, scoring 30 consecutive points after trailing 21-7. The victory still didn’t give Nebraska a winning mark, as it finished with a 6-7 record–its first losing mark since 2007. The win also gives the program some much-needed
Mike Riley and Nebraska wrote a positive final chapter to the coach’s first season in Lincoln on Saturday night. The Cornhuskers, who made a bowl game despite a 5-7 record, rallied and held off UCLA, 37-29, in the 2015 Foster Farms Bowl at Levi Stadium Get our favorite Foster Farms Bowl photos, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports Images, below.
The first Big Ten bowl was a doozie, as Duke took a 44-41 overtime win vs. Indiana in a Pinstripe Bowl that featured eight lead changes. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | GALLERY | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] It was the Blue Devils’ first postseason win since a Cotton Bowl triumph after the 1960 season, ending a five-bowl skid. The Hoosiers have now lost three bowls in a row, last winning the Copper Bowl in 1991. Indiana finishes 6-7 and still has not had a winning season since 1994. BEST OF PINSTRIPE BOWL Best play: There were some
Indiana, playing in its first bowl game since the 2007 season, lost a 44-41 overtime heartbreaker Saturday in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Griffin Oakes missed a 55-yard field goal at the end of regulation and then missed a 38-yarder in overtime, following a Duke field goal on the first possession of overtime. Catch up on all of the action here. Here are our favorite photos, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports.
Merry Christmas, Big Ten fans! Indiana and Nebraska are set to kick off the Big Ten bowl season Saturday as the Hoosiers will take on Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while the Huskers will battle UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. There are 12 bowl games in the books, but just because the Big Ten has yet to play, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Big Ten story lines surrounding bowl season.
This is an interesting playoff matchup pitting former Michigan State coach Nick Saban vs. Mark Dantonio, a one-time Saban aide in East Lansing. When these teams line up, it will be like looking in a mirror. Both have tough, physical offenses built on punching defenses in the nose with the running game. And the defenses for each team are anchored by two of the best lines in the nation. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of
How about some bowl picks based on confidence in my selections? Sure! You know the drill. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Here are my Big Ten bowl picks based on confidence, from most confident in the pick (10) to least (1). 10. Ohio State over Notre Dame, Fiesta Bowl 9. USC over Wisconsin, Holiday Bowl 8. Michigan over Florida, Citrus Bowl 7. Georgia over Penn State, TaxSlayer Bowl 6. Minnesota
It isn’t uncommon for teams to debut new uniform designs during bowl season. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Duke, Indiana’s postseason opponent, is doing just that for the Pinstripe Bowl. The Blue Devils will don the alternate lid pictured in the tweet above when they take on the Hoosiers on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Pinstripe Bowl kicks off the Big Ten’s conference record-tying 10 bowl games. Read Tom